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Automated Shape Model Construction

We are developing a new method for automatically constructing shape models, including defining boundary correspondences on shapes in a population. This method can be directly applied to segmentations of brain structures from structural MRI.


We have implemented a software tool to automatically construct shape models from an input of several binary segmentations. This method finds boundary correspondences by creating the most efficient probability distribution for the population of input shapes. The shape models output by our method can then be used to compare differences in brain structure shape between healthy controls and patients with neuropsychiatric disorders. We are investigating the power of this method in statistical group comparisons.

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Figure 1,2 illustrates results of hypothesis testing for group differences from the control population for the left/right hippocampus and the left/right caudate. Raw and FDR-corrected p-values are given. Areas of significant group differences ($p <= 0.05$) are shown as dark regions. Areas with insignificant group differences ($p > 0.05$) are shown as light regions. Our results correlate with with other published hypothesis testing results on this data.

Figure 3 shows the raw p-values from hypothesis testing for group differences as color-maps on mean shapes of the autism group (top row) and the normal control group (bottom row).


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Key Investigators

  • Utah: Joshua Cates, Miriah Meyer, Tom Fletcher, Ross Whitaker
  • Harvard PNL: Sylvain Bouix, Marc Niethammer, Doug Markant, Adam Cohen, Mark Dreusicke, Jim Levitt, Martha Shenton
  • UNC: Martin Styner, Heather Cody Hazlett, Joe Piven